Five things to consider when using WordPress for your website

So you’re running WordPress on your website and it looks great! That’s awesome, but remember, just because you have got your website up and running doesn’t mean that you can simply leave it alone to do its own thing. Here are five things that you should consider when you use WordPress for your website.

  1. Compatibility

There are more and more people accessing the internet through a number of different methods. Whether they browse the web from their desktop computer or visit using Safari on their iPhone, you should try to ensure that your website looks great on every platform. From where boxes line up, to how images size, your website needs to be accessible to everyone, after all, you want everyone to get the best experience from a visit to your site!

  1. Login Security

There are bots that trawl the internet, desperately trying to gain access to websites through brute force, generating millions of passwords and trying them all to try to gain access to the backend of a website to install malicious code which can then be used to carry out attacks against specific targets. The best way to avoid these bots gaining access to your website is by using a strong password, and not to use the same password for all of your sites. If you can also install some sort of test – such as a CAPTCHA – that will also help to thwart automated attacks.

  1. Backups

All that work, time and effort that you’ve spent creating your perfect website can be undone in a moment, which is why you should make sure that you backup all of your data. There are a number of plugins that you can use, including BackUpWordPress (free), UpdraftPlus (free with optional paid add ons), or for extra security and peace of mind, you can choose a paid service such as VaultPress to backup your data.

We also love WP Engine which depending on the plan you pick has various options to help with security and backups.

  1. Update, Update, Update

WordPress releases regular updates for security, fixing any vulnerabilities to stop hackers from being able to access your website. You should always look to update your WordPress installation as soon as an update is available; after all, they’ve released it for a reason. You can see when there is a new version on your dashboard.

In addition, themes, plugins, and widgets also get updated on a regular basis. To make sure that you catch each update when it happens, you can install the WP Updates Notifier plugin which will send you an email when you need to update. You should also periodically check manually just to be safe.

But before running any update, test compatibility on a local version if you can and absolutely don’t forget to do a back up!

  1. Search Engine Optimisation

In your WordPress settings, you can select to allow search engine visibility. This can be found in Settings > Reading. You should check this setting to make sure that your website can be found by search engines. They can then index your site to help people who are looking for businesses like yours to find you. There is a button marked ‘Discourage search engines from indexing this site’ which turns this ability on and off.

You can then also install a plugin called WordPress SEO by Yoast that automates some of the SEO tasks so that your business appears higher in search engine rankings, making it easier for potential customers and clients to find.

If you need help with your WordPress website – whether it’s security, back ups, plug-ins, e-commerce or SEO, feel free to get in touch with our experts who can help you out.

Author Gyles Seward

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